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An Acceptable Sacrifice [Format Kindle]

Jeffery Deaver

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They call him 'Cuchillo' - the Knife. Not because he kills with a blade - he has plenty of men to do that kind of work for him - but because his mind is so sharp. As Mexico's government wages war on the drug cartels, it takes brains to survive, and Cuchillo has not just survived - he has prospered. But when Cuchillo begins to cut too deeply, the federal police of both the United States and Mexico step in to dull his blade.

P. Z. Evans and Alejo Díaz know the Hermosillo cartel is planning an attack on a tourist bus in Sonora, and they know they will have to capture or kill Cuchillo to stop it. The cartel leader has just one weakness: rare and ancient books. To destroy the intellectual's evil empire, this unlikely pair of policemen will have to appeal to his inner bibliophile.


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Amazon.com: 3.9 étoiles sur 5  58 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Short Work with the Literary Weight of a Novel --- A Must Read 16 novembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Beginning November 12th, you will be seeing the publication of eBooks dubbed "bibliomysteries" by mysteriouspress.com. These will consist of works of shorter mystery fiction by a number of the genre's most venerable and enduring practitioners. The first is AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE by Jeffrey Deaver. While somewhat of a different work for him topically, it contains the trademark twists and turns we have come to expect from Deaver, as well as sharp and memorable characterization of both the protagonists and antagonists.

AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE features an enigmatic businessman whose given name is Alonso María Carillo, but who is better known as "Cuchillo," which translates to "The Knife." P.Z. Evans and Alejo "Al" Diaz are the team tasked by a joint United States and Mexico task force to conduct an off-the-books operation with maximum deniability. Their mission is to take Cuchillo out; rumored to be a notorious drug lord, an informed source has reported that Cuchillo is about to commit a terrorist act against a group of tourists in Mexico.

Evans and Diaz have a problem, to say the least, given that Cuchillo is heavily guarded and almost impossible to reach. He has but one weakness: his love of rare books. Evans and Diaz exploit that weakness, enabling Diaz to infiltrate Cuchillo's compound as the representative of a rare book dealer. However, once Diaz is inside, he has second thoughts. He wonders if Cuchillo is really a drug lord, or merely a misunderstood businessman who is the victim of rumor and innuendo. Can a man who loves books the way that Cuchillo seems to really be as evil as he is presented to be? Or is their intelligence all wrong? The lives of many innocents will rest on the decision that Diaz and Evans ultimately make.

While AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE is a shorter work, it has the topical heft and literary weight of a novel. Deaver's countless fans will consider this a must-have, while those looking for something different will find much to love here as well. Additionally, Evans and Diaz are interesting enough in their own right that they could easily carry a future novel; hopefully we will see them again. All things considered, AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE is a worthy launch for this fine new presentation of topically-related stories by varied authors.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Just OK 29 janvier 2013
Par Brian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Jeffrey Deaver has some excellent short stories (see Twisted or More Twisted). An Acceptable Sacrifice shows flavors of what makes him such a fun read (twists, plot details disguised to fool the reader) but I would call this "Deaver-lite." The payoff isn't that big of a wallop, like some of his other short stories, and without giving things away hinges on a very underwhelming clue. I enjoyed the set up and the characters and felt like this could have been developed into a longer work, if it had not been written solely for the Bibliomystery series.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Can a book lover be a killer? 22 novembre 2012
Par TChris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"An Acceptable Sacrifice" is one of a series of stand-alone mystery stories from MysteriousPress.com in which books, bookstores, libraries, or manuscripts play a central role. The Bibliomysteries are short stories, not full length novels.

A joint operation, sanctioned by Mexico City and Washington, D.C., pairs P.Z. Evans with Alejo Diaz, two killers hired to take out Alonso "Cuchillo" Carillo, presumed leader of the Hermosillo Cartel. According to an informant, in two days the cartel will set fire to a bus full of tourists to protest Mexico's war against drugs. Why Cuchillo doesn't pursue the time-honored defense against such wars -- paying off the federales -- is unclear, but the story requires the reader to accept the unlikely premise that blowing up tourists has something to do with the drug trade. A more intriguing question is whether Cuchillo really is a cartel leader, as opposed to a legitimate businessman. As is so often the case, the intelligence pointing to Cuchillo's guilt might be faulty.

Since Cuchillo allegedly intends to remain in his compound until the bus is in flames, Evans and Diaz must find a way to gain entrance. Fortunately for them, Cuchillo collects first editions and rare books, a "weakness" that the killers hope to turn to their advantage. On the other hand, Diaz wonders whether such a pleasant book lover could really be a ruthless killer. What if they are assassinating the wrong man? Unfortunately, that question fades into the background as the story advances.

Point of view shifts from Evans and Diaz to their employers in D.C. to Cuchillo, giving the reader a variety of perspectives as the relatively simple plot unfolds. "An Acceptable Sacrifice" works because the characters are engaging, the dialog is amusing, the atmosphere is convincing, and the story moves quickly. The story's theme gives Cuchillo a chance to explore the relative merits of literature and crime fiction (not surprisingly, he extols the craftsmanship of popular novelists over the "pretentious artifice" of "so-called literary writers"). A couple of cute twists lead the story to a satisfying resolution. It's a bit disappointing that Jeffery Deaver didn't flesh out the "drug lord versus legitimate businessman" theme in greater depth, but that's my only serious complaint about the story. This isn't great literature (which, I'm sure Deaver agrees, isn't always pretentious, despite the views expressed by Cuchillo), but it is a fun, well-crafted crime story.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A brillian short story 10 janvier 2013
Par Lakis Fourouklas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
If there's one thing I really like about Jeffery Deaver's short stories, is that they always manage to surprise the reader, one way or another. An Acceptable Sacrifice is not an exception to that rule.

It all begins with the meeting of two partners in crime, or rather law-enforcement. An American agent and his Mexican counterpart set house in the city of Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico, with a single mission in mind; to stop a terrorist attack from happening.

They, and their respective agencies, suspect that a local drug lord is planning an attack on a tourist bus to mark the anniversary of the local government's war on drugs. The man behind the planned attack is someone who's so clever, and looks so clean and respectable, that no one ever managed to find a single clue that he's involved in any illegal activities.

The two agents have their doubts that he's indeed a criminal mastermind, but they have no choice but to carry on with their mission. The order is simple and clear: take him out before he takes anyone else out.

But how can they do that? The man lives in huge house, behind thick walls and bulletproof windows that looks like a fortress. They have to find a way to get in and plant a bomb, but in order to accomplish that they first need to spot his weakness, and he doesn't seem to have one. Or does he?

Well, everyone has a weakness, and since this eBook belongs in a series consisting of Bibliomysteries it makes sense that his is books. He likes to collect old and valuable tomes from all around the world and he's an avid reader. "That's it," the agents think and they start planning the attack; an attack that won't be so easy to carry out; not only because their target is a very suspicious man, but also because timing is of the utter importance. Will they make it or will everything go wrong? And what if the man isn't who they believe him to be?

As one would expect from a master storyteller, when it comes to the crime genre there are no easy answers to questions like these. Read the story, enjoy the plot, and prepare yourselves to be surprised time and again, by its few but yet great twists and turns.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a Great Little Story!! (and no promo...) 2 juillet 2013
Par draw - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This short story held me with a tightly-constructed plot that moved right along --- no wasted motion in this one. And yet the characters were sufficiently developed so they and their motives could be understood and appreciated. This is the first Bibliomystery I've read and, being a book junkie (yes even in Kindle), I enjoyed the different approach. My concern is that other Bibliomystery stories may wear out the same premise --- that somehow the obsession with books defines the mystery. At any rate, this one was very well-done. And most importantly, this short story by a recognized author of numerous excellent novels is not a customer-paid-for promotion for his next novel. So many other good authors are now cranking out short stories (often poorly written) that are nothing more than a platform for a long-ish preview of their next novel. As a consumer I feel duped and ripped off by this practice so have stopped buying them. HOWEVER, this story by Deaver is free-standing, had no promo/hype for some other book, and is worthy of his style and writing skill. Those kinds of Shorts I'll buy!
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